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The DuraSpace Member Summit was held April 10-11 prior to the  in San Diego prior to the CNI Spring Member Meeting in San Diego. Slides will be made available.

I reported was so pleased to report that DuraSpace had its “Best. Year. Ever.“ Accompanying in 2017. The facts, figures, and narrative I told our story in a way that underscores underscore the fact that DuraSpace is a sound investment in the scholarly ecosystem which coincides with just in time for the launch of our 2018 Membership Campaign. Thank you to members who have already taken the time to renew their memberships.

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Wednesday’s panel discussion, “The Future Will Be Open?” looked into the future of scholarly communication.   Panelists discussed what it would take to move our distributed system of global scholarly communication to a place where it is both significantly more open and significantly more sustainable? . Moderated by Michael Roy, Dean of the Library, Middlebury College, our panel of leading thinkers and practitioners dug into these questions which boiled down to, "Will the future be ours and affordable?" Panelists included Tyler Walters, Dean of University Libraries, Virginia Tech; Virginia Tech, John Willinsky, The Public Knowledge Project at Stanford Graduate School of Education and the Simon Fraser University Library, Stanford University; Martha Hruska, AUL Collection Services, University of California San Diego; and me. Learn more about this presentation and the panelists here

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As you may have seen in our recent blog post CASRAI is now a DuraSpace project. We are very excited to bring the Research Management Information (RMI) dimension to our work and to add open standards and open systems to our mandate focus. The CASRAI mission is to change the way management information is collected and communicated in the research community and to strengthen the stewardship role played by universities in this objective. In the coming year CASRAI will continue to strengthen its established national chapters in Canada and the United Kingdom, as well as advancing advance its newest chapter in Europe. For the mission to be accomplished we need the active engagement and support from as many universities as possible around the world; advancing real and lasting change will require strength in numbers from those most affected. If your institution is based in Canada, UK or Europe and you have a role to play in reducing administrative burden on your researchers and improving information quality for your administrative processes please contact us about how you can help. We are also hoping in the coming year to start a new CASRAI chapter in the US - if you are in the US and would like to explore this opportunity to lead there please contact me <debra> or David Baker <

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Enhancements to the DSpace Data Model with New Entities are being considered by The the DSpace Steering Group and the Entities Working Group and whether to include this as part of the DSpace 7 efforts to better align the DSpace roadmap with the COAR Next Generation Repositories recommendations, . This improvement would meet OpenAIRE v4 guidelines and make DSpace a more competitive option compared to proprietary solutions (like Bepress). Expanding the DSpace data model would support new object types (aka entities) such as Authors. . 

FEDORA

Stefano Cossu, Director of Application Services at The Art Institute of Chicago, gave the Fedora update. The Fedora Project is focused on several key initiatives while investigating ways to work together as a community more effectively and take advantage of opportunities to establish greater interoperability. As a community-supported open source project successful interoperation strategies rely on engaging committers as a fundamental part of creating a team dedicated to interoperation. The Fedora community is Increasingly focused on developing strategies to facilitate collaboration with projects, organizations and initiatives worldwide that includes designating funding for cross-technical work, and especially for collaboration external to DuraSpace and its members. Funding to address efficient cross technical work will enable flexibility in assigning people to projects/tasks. 

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